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 22nd Annual Picture Book Read-In

We hope everyone has been enjoying Summer Reading so far! With everything in full swing, we hope you haven't forgotten about Picture Book Read-In. We are pleased to announce that Picture Book Read-In's registration is now open! It will be hosted by our friends at the West Chester branch of the MidPointe Library System. Picture Book Read-In will take place on Thursday, August 17th.

The Picture Book Read-In Committee has cooked up some great topics to go along with the great reads! To get you fired up and ready for a great time, let me tell you about one of the topics I find fascinating: how to put the E from STEM into storytimes. Many of us have figured out how to work in the S, T, and even the M into our storytimes, but how can we fit Engineering into our offerings? Jennifer Beach of the Kenton County Public Library will talk to us about how she has managed to incorporate engineering into her storytimes. Her presentation will include a hands-on demonstration using Keva Planks and other building tools.

We hope to see you at #PBRI2017!

Deanna Piña, MLIS
CE Coordinator, SWON Libraries

P.S. - Speaking of Summer Reading... Don't forget to Save the Date for our Fall Summer Reading Workshop coming September 12th!


22nd Picture Book Read-In
$35  for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$40 for members in our Ohio service area
$60 for everyone else
8/17/2017 - West Chester, OH

  Register Here  


SWON Webinar - Escape Room in the Library!

Over several months in 2016, Morton-James Public Library in Nebraska City, NE (pop. 7,200) led a group of kids in building a fully-functioning escape room in the library. This project—supported by a Curiosity Creates grant awarded by the Association for Library Service to children (ALSC) from funds donated by Disney—brought together kids and community members every weekend for four months to learn about puzzle design, develop a story, and build an escape room in an old storage room in the library. The project ended with a pizza party—while the city mayor and his family attempted to solve the puzzles and escape the room in under an hour.

The project has been featured in Library Journal’s Programs That Pop series, and an article outlining the project was published in the In the Library with the Lead Pipe online journal. The presenters will provide background on escape rooms, share their experience working with kids to build one, and will give recommendations on how to embark on a similar project in your own library on a shoestring budget.


Escape Room in the Library!
FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$20 for members in our Ohio service area
$25 for everyone else
7/19/2017 - Online

  Register Here  


PCI Webinar - Serving the Underserved: Using Outreach to Find the Customers You Didn’t Know You Had

SWON is pleased to be able to provide PCI Webinars to our Supporting Members for free (and to Geographic Members and everyone else at a reduced price).

Next up: "Serving the Underserved" All libraries have loyal customers that come in regularly and support us day in and day out. But what about those who might wish to use our services, but can’t get to us? In this webinar, the Cari and Kate will talk about how the Twinsburg Public Library in Twinsburg, Ohio, has bolstered and strengthened its outreach program to find and serve those customers.


PCI Webinar - Serving the Underserved
FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$20 for members in our Ohio service area
$25 for everyone else
7/11/2017 - Online

  Register Here  

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Please register for SWON & PCI events by the Friday before they take place

      We love providing you with a list of upcoming events both in our region and across the country. With our current reduced staff, we will not be providing detailed listings, but do encourage you to check out our calendar for all the upcoming events. Thank you for your understanding.


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Blue Ash, OH 45242

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